Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel, Chief Executive Officer of LyondellBasell, will present the Welcome Keynote Address at the 2020 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety. Patel will set the stage for the online conferences on Monday, August 17, with his reflections on emerging trends for the global chemical engineering community — such as digitization, sustainability, plastic waste elimination, and more. In connection with his talk, Patel will receive AIChE’s Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award, which recognizes the contributions of innovative executives from businesses that employ chemical engineers.
Originally scheduled to take place in March 2020 in Houston, Texas, the conference was rescheduled to August 17–21 and moved to an online platform in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual meeting platform is expected to expand the global reach of the conference and will permit new flexibility and interactivity among meeting attendees.
Patel became CEO of LyondellBasell in 2015, after serving as Executive Vice President, Olefins and Polyolefins–Europe, Asia and International; and previously as Senior Vice President, Olefins and Polyolefins–Americas. As CEO, Patel has focused on the company’s long-term growth strategy, including the 2018 acquisition of A. Schulman, Inc., which made LyondellBasell the world’s largest manufacturer of compounded materials.
Patel earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Temple University.
Learn more about the entire conference program at www.aiche.org/spring.
About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 60,000 members in more than 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.